Amanda

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Amanda is an Arizona native, a passionate theatre artist, a recovering perfectionist, an unlikely gardener, and an enthusiastic blogger. She loves being a wife to her fellow Shakespeare nerd, Dan, and mom to three amazing children. You can read more of her writing at: AlphabetResolutions.com where she explores new goals and reflections one letter at a time.​ She loves laughter, music, avocado, reading, coffee, hiking, and much more. She's thankful for a husband who can cook, family and friends who feel like they are family, yoga, the oxford comma, and, above all, grace. You can also find her on instagram: @alphabetresoultions
popsicles

Will It Popsicle?

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I wrote earlier this summer about our themed dance parties and how occasionally to get the kids on board I will entice them with smoothies... well that has evolved into enticing them with popsicles...
house hunting

House Hunting and Dating: Similarities Between the Two

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The past three months of my life have been absolutely consumed with trying to move. There are so many steps in the process, so many points where things can go wrong and I really...
dance party

Song Filled Summer: Why Dance Parties are on our Summer Bucket List

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Mamas, I have to be honest with you... I consider myself a recovering perfectionist, but I can still get sucked down the "plan a perfect summer" rabbit hole. While we have plenty of good...
graduation party

We All Deserve a Graduation Party This Year

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Sweet, exhausted, resilient mamas, we did it! We survived what might be the hardest school year in living memory. As far as I'm concerned, we all deserve a giant graduation party. So imagine with...
kids ate your message

My Kids Ate Your Message… Sorry I Didn’t Get Back to You!

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My kids ate your message, I'm so sorry I didn't get back to you.I know, it sounds like a really sad and maybe even false excuse along the lines of the dog ate my...
literacy and laughter

Literacy and Laughter: Picture Books That Give us the Giggles

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It is no secret that in my family we LOVE the library and we absolutely adore family story time. Some of our favorite stories are where literacy and laughter come together. That's why I...
mini van

Mom Confession: I Love My Minivan

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Here's a mom confession for you: One of the things I was dreading about becoming a family of five was having to get a new car. I knew our little sedan was going to...
virtual baby shower

Virtual Baby Shower: Five Tips for a Meaningful Celebration!

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While 2020 may be over, the necessity of gathering virtually for some big events is not... and long after social distancing is over, a virtual baby shower can still be a great option for...
letter to 2020

Oh 2020: An Open Letter

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Oh 2020, Your time is coming to a close, and I can't say I'm sad about it. You have been a year filled with the stress of a global pandemic, a contentious election, fires in...
christmas movie date night in

Date Night In: Holiday Edition Part III

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Is there anything that beats a classic movie date? While hubby and I have several holiday family favorites we watch this time of year, there are a few we save for just us. The...
date night in

Date Night In: Holiday Edition- Part II

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This is the second post in a series aimed at keeping us connected to our partners during a time of year that can pull our attention in so many directions. This post is an...
date night in

Date Night In: Holiday Edition- Part I

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This time of year, even in years where the world is normal, let alone in the chaos of 2020, it can be hard to fit in a date night amidst all the holiday obligations....
fall fun

Easy Fall Fun

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As the number of COVID cases are ticking up again, some of us with higher risk family members are about to spend even more time at home. This feels like a huge bummer, I...
sleep training

Sleep Training Myself because Mamas Need Rest Too!

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There are a lot of contentious opinions out there about how and when to sleep train a baby, and I don't have a lot to add to that conversation. What I've realized recently, though,...

Dear Public Library: An Open Letter

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Dear Public Library: I know it has been obvious for quite some time that I have strong feelings for you. OK, I'll admit it, I love you. When it comes to places to go with...
back to school traditions

Back to School Traditions- Yes, We’re Still Doing Them!

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The start to this school year, like the end to the last school year, is going to be a little strange. I know I'm not the only parent feeling overwhelmed with how different it...
pumping

What I Actually Think About While Pumping…

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I have never met a mom who enjoys pumping. The results of pumping? Yes. The act of pumping? NO. (If you're out there, no shame and good for you... but can you let me...
newborn days

Four Things You DO NOT Need During the Newborn Days

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There are hundreds of blog posts out there that tell you all the things you need if you are having a baby- especially for those crazy newborn days. Registry sites will bombard you with...

I Never KonMaried My House- and I’m SO Grateful

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At the beginning of the "safer at home" executive order to slow the spread of COVID-19, it seemed my instagram feed was filled with friends who don't have children either determined to take the...

In Praise of the 2am Feedings

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Last summer, when I found out I was pregnant with our third child, amidst the excitement and nausea, I was already dreading the sleepless nights caused by the 2am feedings I remember so well...
teacher conferences

If You Cried at School Conferences, You Aren’t Alone

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It's spring conference season- whether you have already had meetings with your kids' teachers or are getting ready for them, I want to admit to you that I cried at school conferences again... in...
lessons from the garden

Lessons from Our Garden: 5 Things My Kids Learned in our Backyard

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It's February! Which in the rest of the country means it's still the middle of winter, but here in Phoenix it means we are practically in spring time and it is a great time...

To my Third Baby- an Open Letter the Month Before her Due Date

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Sweet Baby, While everyone else seems to be using this month to jump into resolutions and add more hustle to their schedules, I find myself slowing down and anticipating the pause and change that your...
christmas books

The Best Christmas Books You’ve Never Heard Of…

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When I was growing up, one of my favorite Christmas traditions was buying a new Christmas book each year. The fun thing about this tradition is that after the first few years we started...

Say NO to the Holiday Crazy in 10 Simple Steps…

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I want to share how my family says no to the holiday crazy and chaos. I used to run around like a crazy lady this time of year, cramming in all the things, barely...
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